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MMA Fighter Rankings: List By Division

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Stipe Miocic claimed the UFC heavyweight championship in quick fashion with his first-round victory over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198. Miocic became the first heavyweight to defend the strap since UFC 166 in 2013 when he defeated Alistair Overeem in the first round at UFC 198. 

On the same card that Miocic defended the UFC heavyweight championship, Werdum easily defeated Travis Browne in a relatively boring three-round affair. Most fans are expecting either Werdum or Cain Velasquez to get the next shot at the gold. 

Heavyweight Rankings
  • 1. Stipe Miocic – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Fabricio Werdum – UFC
  • 3. Cain Velasquez – UFC
  • 4. Alistair Overeem UFC
  • 5. Junior dos Santos – UFC
  • 6. Ben Rothwell – UFC
  • 7. Travis Browne – UFC
  • 8. Josh Barnett – UFC
  • 9. Vitaly Minakov – Bellator 
  • 10. Andrei Arlovski – UFC

Light Heavyweight

The 205 lbs division has been a mess thanks to Jon Jones. Undoubtedly the best light heavyweight in the world ended up being suspended due to personal legal issues and then he tests positive for a banned substance just days before his massive UFC 200 rematch with Daniel Cormier.

DC is the best light heavyweight who regularly competes and has victories over the likes of Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson.

After knocking out the iron-chinned Glover Teixeira in just 0:13 at UFC 202, Johnson has cemented himself as the No.1 contender. DC has said that he doesn't want to fight Jones no matter how much time he is away and that 'Rumble' deserves the next shot. 

Light Heavyweight Rankings
  • 1. Jon Jones – UFC
  • 2. Daniel Cormier – UFC (Champion)
  • 3. Anthony Johnson – UFC
  • 4. Alexander Gustafsson – UFC
  • 5. Ryan Bader – UFC
  • 6. Glover Teixeira  UFC
  • 7. Phil Davis – Bellator
  • 8. Liam McGeary – Bellator (Champion)
  • 9. Muhammed Lawal – Bellator
  • 10. Jimi Manuwa – UFC


The dream became a reality at UFC 199 when Michael Bisping shocked the world and defeated Luke Rockhold. Bisping clocked Rockhold and won the bout by TKO in the first round. 

Bisping has a murderers row of potential opponents waiting in the wings. Rockhold, Chris Weidman, Jacare Souza and Yoel Romero are all biting at the newly crowned champion's heels. Bisping defended his strap when he won a unanimous decision against Dan Henderson at UFC 204, but it was far from a sure thing, as 'The Count' got knocked down in each of the first two rounds. 

An intriguing middleweight matchup is on the books for the UFC's next trip to Australia, as Rockhold and Jacare are set to meet for the second time in their careers. Rockhold won the first meeting by decision in a five-round affair in Strikeforce. 

Middleweight Rankings
  • 1. Michael Bisping – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Luke Rockhold – UFC
  • 3. Chris Weidman – UFC
  • 4. Jacare Souza – UFC
  • 5. Yoel Romero UFC
  • 6. Gegard Mousasi UFC
  • 7. Lyoto Machida UFC
  • 8. David Branch – WSOF (Champion)
  • 9. Derek Brunson UFC
  • 10. Robert Whittaker UFC


Not many people thought Tyron Woodley would actually defeat Robbie Lawler at UFC 201, but 'The Chosen One' knocked out 'Ruthless' in the very first round to claim the UFC welterweight championship. Surviving the early rounds against Woodley has proven extremely difficult as he is extremely explosive and aggressive early, though this has caused him to gas in the past. 

Stephen Thompson has thrust himself into the conversation of best striker in the UFC after dismantling Johny Hendricks in the first round and coasting to a lackluster victory over Rory MacDonald in Ottawa. Wonderboy and Woodley are set to clash for the title at UFC 205.

Ben Askren continues to carry the mantle of best fighter in the world not in the UFC.

Welterweight Rankings
  • 1. Tyron Woodley – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Robbie Lawler – UFC
  • 3. Stephen Thompson – UFC
  • 4. Rory MacDonald – Bellator
  • 5. Demian Maia – UFC
  • 6. Ben Askren – ONE FC (Champion)
  • 7. Andrey Koreshkov – Bellator (Champion)
  • 8. Dong Hyun Kim – UFC
  • 9. Donald Cerrone – UFC
  • 10. Lorenz Larkin – UFC


The improbable became a reality when Eddie Alvarez – who was long considered the best lightweight to not be a part of the UFC – claimed the 155 lbs crown. Alvarez made quick work of former champion Rafael dos Anjos, who was on a ridiculous winning streak.

A talented division is highlighted by a couple of youngsters in Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Both guys have a legitimate claim to being the next in line for a title shot, but it will be featherweight champion Conor McGregor that gets the opportunity to win the 155 title at UFC 205. 

Lightweight Rankings
  • 1. Eddie Alvarez – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Rafael dos Anjos UFC
  • 3. Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC
  • 4. Tony Ferguson – UFC
  • 5. Justin Gaethje  WSOF (Champion)
  • 6. Michael Chiesa – UFC
  • 7. Benson Henderson – Bellator
  • 8. Nate Diaz – UFC
  • 9. Edson Barboza – UFC
  • 10. Beneil Dariush – UFC


Jose Aldo came back and he looked more motivated than he has in years at UFC 200. 'Scarface' continued to be the only fighter on the planet to really figure out Frankie Edgar's striking and in doing so, Aldo claimed the interim featherweight title.

Now, we wait to see if Conor McGregor makes the cut to 145 and defends his belt. Though Dana White has been adamant that the Irishman defend his strap, McGregor will be taking his first in the UFC at 155 when he challenges Alvarez for the lightweight belt.

Featherweight Rankings
  • 1. Conor McGregor – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Jose Aldo – UFC (Interim Champion)
  • 3. Max Holloway – UFC
  • 4. Frankie Edgar – UFC
  • 5. Chad Mendes – UFC
  • 6. Ricardo Lamas – UFC
  • 7. Daniel Straus – Bellator (Champion)
  • 8. Cub Swanson – UFC
  • 9. Anthony Pettis – UFC
  • 10. Patricio Freire – Bellator 


The bantamweight division features a lot of youth and promise, but few refined and fully developed fighters. Dominick Cruz easily defended his bantamweight strap against Urijah Faber at UFC 199, with 'The California Kid' hinting that retirement may be in the near future. 

Bryan Caraway has finally garnered some attention for a title shot after embarrassing Aljamain Sterling in the final two rounds of their fight in May. However, it seems that it is either T.J. Dillashaw or Cody Garbrandt who is in line for the next title shot.

Garbrandt has gone from prospect to the verge of superstardom following dominant victories over Thomas Almeida and Takeya Mizugaki. Cruz and Garbrandt also had a confrontation following No Love's victory at UFC 202.

Bantamweight Rankings
  • 1. Dominick Cruz – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. T.J. Dillashaw – UFC
  • 3. Raphael Assuncao – UFC
  • 4. Bryan Caraway – UFC
  • 5. Marlon Moraes – WSOF (Champion)
  • 6. Bibiano Fernandes ONE FC (Champion)
  • 7. Cody Garbrandt – UFC
  • 8. Eduardo Dantas – Bellator (Champion)
  • 9. John Lineker – UFC
  • 10. Urijah Faber – UFC


Demetrious Johnson has completely obliterated the rest of the flyweight division. Since being crowned the first ever UFC flyweight champion, ‘Mighty Mouse’ has defended his strap eight times and in every fight, he’s looked damn near untouchable. Johnson demolished Henry Cejudo in under four minutes at UFC 197 to effectively leave himself without an opponent.

The division is so thin that the winner of the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter will get an immediate title shot against Mighty Mouse. The roster for the show is stacked, with all of the competitors holding belts in their respective promotions. 

Flyweight Rankings
  • 1. Demetrious Johnson – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Joseph Benavidez – UFC
  • 3. Henry Cejudo – UFC
  • 4. Kyoji Horiguchi – UFC
  • 5. Ali Bagautinov – UFC
  • 6. Jussier Formiga – UFC
  • 7. John Moraga – UFC
  • 8. Ian McCall – UFC
  • 9. Wilson Reis – UFC
  • 10. Dustin Ortiz – UFC

Women’s Bantamweight

Miesha Tate's time at the top of the mountain proved to be short-lived, as she dropped her UFC gold in her first title defense. Amanda Nunes decimated Tate and picked up a submission victory – just the third time 'Cupcake' has ever been submitted – in just 3:16.

Next in line for a title shot could be Julianna Pena, who had a fantastic showing at UFC 200. 'The Venezuelan Vixen' pushed the pace and gassed out opponent Cat Zingano to cruise to a decision victory in her last fight.

Women's Bantamweight Rankings
  • 1. Amanda Nunes – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Miesha Tate – UFC
  • 3. Ronda Rousey – UFC
  • 4. Julianna Pena – UFC
  • 5. Valentina Shevchenko – UFC
  • 6. Holly Holm – UFC
  • 7. Cat Zingano – UFC
  • 8. Alexis Davis – UFC
  • 9. Tonya Evinger – Invicta (Champion)
  • 10. Sara McMann – UFC

Women's Strawweight

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has proven that she deserves the UFC strawweight belt after making Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne’s faces look like mush. With Jedrzejczyk's most recent win over Claudia Gadelha at the TUF 23 Finale, the Polish powerhouse has cemented herself as the best 115 lb fighter in the world. 

Karolina Kowalkiewicz picked apart Rose Namajunas to remain perfect in her MMA career. Kowalkiewicz will get her chance to take on JJ for the strawweight belt at UFC 205.

This division may have the fighter with the most potential on the planet, as 22-year-old Alexa Grasso is a perfect 8-0 in her pro career. Grasso is coming off a complete dismantling of Jodie Esquibel at Invicta 18 and will likely challenge Angela Hill for the strap soon. 

Women's Strawweight Rankings
  • 1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Claudia Gadelha – UFC
  • 3. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – UFC
  • 4. Jessica Aguilar – UFC
  • 5. Carla Esparza – UFC
  • 6. Jessica Andrade – UFC
  • 7. Rose Namajunas – UFC
  • 8. Tecia Torres – UFC
  • 9. Angela Hill – Invicta (Champion)
  • 10. Alexa Grasso – UFC